Leonoor Elisabeth Zuiderveen Borgesius
My PhD project is titled 'Engineering Natures: the Temporalities of Land Reclamation Practices in the Netherlands.' It primarily deals with large-scale land reclamation schemes (the engineering practice of creating land from sea- and fresh water) and geographical and ecological design of those new lands. I am interested times and temporalities in various forms and contexts, and how they govern, organize, and open up human and non-human communities, discourses, and truths. Currently, I focus on the re-wilding case of the Oostvaardersplassen, a new nature reserve in the polder. I am particularly fascinated by the de-domestication and back-breeding of Pleistocene megafauna and the way in which it merges scientific discourses of pre-human pasts, and hypotheses of future ecologies.
I have a research master in Historical Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). My main fields of interests are the Environmental Humanities, History of Concepts and Ideas and Science and Technology Studies.
For the firs year of my PhD I am based at the Center for Advanced Study (Senter for grunnforskning, CAS) as a fellow on the project In Sync: How Synchronization and Mediation Produce Collective Times, Then and Now.
My project is developed within the frame of the Toppforsk-project LIFETIMES: a Natural History of the Present, that deals with the entanglement of scales of life and scaled of time in the Anthropocene.